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      04.06.2002 18:06
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      • "Too much empty space that could be used"

      Being a native to Crawley, I feel it's my duty to write this op. Crawley is a smallish town in the south, West Sussex, being about 30 miles north from Brighton. It's home to over 100,000 residents and dates back to the bronze age. Crawley is also home to Gatwick airport (which has shops!). Anyway, onto the shopping areas. Aside from the small shopping parades scattered about the many areas of Crawley, Broadfields being the largest, we have a quite big town centre. We have the old part of town, which has become dilapidated over the years, with many one-off shops, pubs and estate agents still operating there. Every Friday there is a market in the center of the old part of town. The new part of town is the bigger of the two, which has recently had a makeover (a major construction blunder caused the band-stand to be too small to house a proper band). We have shops like Marks and Spencer, Woolworths, HMV, Ottakars books, New Look, Gamleys and all the rest (but rather frustratingly, we don't have an MVC). Now onto County Mall, two storeys of shops, with an additional 4 storeys of car parking. Over 60 stores and a food court/gaming arcade, it's quite a big one for a non-city. We have Debenhams department store, a large Virgin Megastore, Boots, and many clothes stores. It's quite a pleasant place, with some good facilities, but the large gangs of youths that hang around can be off-putting, you'll never see them and the elderly at the same time to be honest. It offers pretty good disabled access, with ramps and lifts etc. The food court isn't huge, but features a Burger king, chinese, fish and chips, costa coffee and a few others, with ample seating. Not far from the town is the leisure park, with a 15 screen UCG cinema, Hollywood bowl, Esporta fitness club and several clubs/resturants. Not really shopping, but it deserves a mention :P. Then theres the retail park in the industria l estate (near the airport), which boasts a great PC World store, Halfords, Currys, Courts, Carpet Right and Staples. As for Supermarkets, we have a huge Sainsbury's (with a Homebase just across the car park), a Tesco's and an Asda in development. To be honest, other towns have better shops, Brighton puts our shops to shame. Despite that, I remain loyal to Crawley and hope you'll come and visit in one moment of madness on your part ;)

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